My Hummingbird Buddies
One of my favorite things to do in the desert, is put my hummingbird feeder out and attract my hummingbird buddies. In years past I’ve had Anna’s hummers show up, but this year I have a different species, the Costa’s hummingbird. These guys are a little bit smaller, and the male is so incredibly beautiful.
The little female showed up first, but she was way shy. Every time I had my camera outside, she would fly off the second I tried getting a photo. I ended up just getting photos from the inside of the RV, which is kinda like being in a blind I suppose.
This is her coming in for a landing on the feeder.
The little male isn’t so skittish, and he will hang around the feeder for a long time eating.
I prefer to capture him not on the feeder though, and I inadvertently tricked him into sitting on the branches the other day. We had a great rain storm Monday evening. It was windy, then it poured almost all evening. It was great. Anyway, Tuesday morning I took the feeder in the house to refill it because there wasn’t much left. He came swooping in and flew all over the bush trying to find the feeder. It was quite hilarious, you could just see him thinking, “I know it was here….” He eventually landed on a branch and stayed there for the longest time. It was great for me.
It didn’t take him long to come back for breakfast after I put the feeder back out.
They are such little jewels, I love watching them. I did an artistic texture overlay on these two images. The color on this males head is so incredibly vibrant.
Thursday a pair of Anna’s hummers showed up. They might be the same pair I have been getting the last couple years, but this male Costa’s wasn’t haven’t any of it and kept chasing him off. That is a sight to see let me tell you, these little hummers fly so fast. The Costa’s male chases the other one a fair distance, then he will stop and hover in the air watching to make sure the other male keeps going.
This is the male Anna’s hummingbird.
And the female Anna’s. She seemed a bit confused trying to nectar from the feeder.
Then I had this odd hummingbird. Lol.
I looked up the hummingbird as a spirit animal, to see what they can bring to a person. This is an excerpt from the spiritanimal.info site. Click the link to read the whole thing.
The hummingbird generally symbolizes joy and playfulness, as well as adaptability. Additional symbolic meanings are:
- Lightness of being, enjoyment of life
- Being more present
- Bringing playfulness and joy in your life
- Lifting up negativity
- Swiftness, ability to respond quickly
- Resiliency, being able to travel great distances tirelessly
If the hummingbird shows up in your life as a spirit animal, it may remind you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and take time to enjoy yourself. The hummingbird’s wisdom carries an invitation to take part in and draw to you life’s sweetness, like you would drink the nectar of your own flower.
The call of the hummingbird totem will guide you to open up to love and lightness in your emotional life. When you see your totem, you are encouraged to open up your heart and expose yourself more to joy and love. It might be time to show how you feel to loved ones or people who are close to you.
I like that! Such positiveness from this little flying jewel.